My daughter and I watched the first couple of episodes of Gossip Girl last night -- the latest trendy television import from the US. I've read about this show on other people's blogs so was curious to check it out.
The first thing I had to get used to was that all the characters are unbearably young, and in the show, they are supposed to still be in high school. They drink alcohol all the time and get into brawls in public but are never asked for ID or refused a drink at bars in Manhattan.
I am trying to suspend my disbelief but it's so hard to take the characters seriously. The writers even have an Oscar Wilde character who is a bad seed, makes pithy comments and wears a cravat -- all this, and he's supposed to only be 16 years old.
But I can put all that aside and get involved with the zingy plots.
What I can't get my head around, however, is that one of the main characters slept with her friend's boyfriend once over a year ago, and she's called a slut and a whore repeatedly by other characters on the show and ostracized but the male characters can sleep with whomever they like -- and with two girls at a time even -- and that's OK.
I told my daughter to ignore this particular cultural conditioning and just enjoy the zippy dialogue and cool clothes.